‘She Talks’ by She For Change | Empowering women from Assam

By Dhrubatara Bhattacharjya

Guwahati, February 11: “SHE” could be a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a wife who makes this world a beautiful place. Imagine a world without women and words like beauty, serene, sacrifice, love lose their significance.

We are in the 21st century but our women are still in danger. Issues like sexual harassment , gender inequality, huge division of labour and the social evils are still faced by our women. A number of organizations have also come up in the last decade, which have brought up these issues so that they receive attention at the global stage but we still have a long way to go. It has been realized that until and unless the women take their own stand to help each other, situations cannot improve. Keeping these things in mind, one can see a tremendous increase of motivated women social activists in today’s scenario, which is a great thing for our society.

 

She For Change” is a non-profitable organization working towards empowering women in a way that they become aware of their rights and all the facilities and opportunities available to them if they want a career of their own. And as a step forward to exchange more ideas and experiences, the team organized an event titled “She Talks” on the 5th of February at Artists’ Guild, Chandmari.

The event was a great success as it witnessed over 15 speakers sharing their views on gender inequality and their experiences. Olivia Deka, founder of She For Change, emphasized on the need for mentors who women can turn up to for advice at any stage of their lives. She believes that women are not ready to push their boundaries, which is the main reason why they get oppressed.

Invited speakers included Arpana Choudhury, an activist listed in Forbes India 30 under 30, 2017, who shared her life experiences with the crowd on how she got inclined to work towards improving the health of women, who are always deprived of the basic health facilities. She mentioned that experience is the best teacher and passion is the best motivator.

The best part of the entire event however was the male participation. There were many young men attending the event who expressed their point of views. Many of them spoke, including Anurag Saikia, admin of GMC Facebook page, who brought topics like discomfort faced by women in the society and how social media should play an important role in raising awareness into limelight.

The event made a statement regarding the awareness which has spread in order to protect our women and make efforts to improve their condition (status). It has become evident that the youth of the region is coming up to carry this society forward in a manner, where women will play an equally important role as men and most importantly humanity will have the last laugh.

Here’s the highlight of the event.

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